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10 Adjustable Dumbbell Sets That Will Elevate Your Home Gym

10 Adjustable Dumbbell Sets That Will Elevate Your Home Gym

IF THERE’S one piece of gym equipment you should have in your home gym, it should be dumbbells. “There’s a reason dumbbells are in every single big-box gym,” says MH fitness director Ebenezer Samuel, C.S.C.S., who created an arm-focused muscle-building program, All Out Arms, based heavily around dumbbells. “If you want targeted muscle—and that’s what all guys want—then you want dumbbells.”

Even if you don’t have an official home gym or workout area, the great thing about dumbbells is that they require little to no space—just as long as you’re only working with one single pair of weights. That’s easy if you invest in an adjustable set, which can shift from light to heavy with a quick turn of a knob or shift of a setting.

“When you’re working out at home, space becomes your biggest challenge. You probably don’t have enough room for an entire rack full of dumbbells (let alone the budget to buy an entire set of weights), so your best option is most likely going to be getting that whole rack in one set,” says Brett Williams, NASM-CPT certified trainer and fitness editor at Men’s Health. “Everything becomes simpler with these adjustable sets—from swapping in lighter and heavier weights mid-workout to storing your stuff when you’re done.”

A pair of adjustable dumbbells will allow you to take your training to the next level without stepping foot in a gym. The dumbbells will also minimize the amount of equipment you need. Think about it; just one adjustable dumbbell can replace up to 15 weights. Now that’s what we call efficiency. Speaking of efficiency, we rounded up 10 of the very best adjustable dumbbells on the market below. Whichever set you choose, they’re sure to help you stay fit and strong while training at home.

Best Tested: Nordic Track iSelect Dumbbells

Nordic Track iSelect Dumbbells

Nordictrack iSelect Adjustable Dumbbells

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PROS
  • Compatible with Alexa
  • Sleek and compact design
  • iFit membership included
  • Digital weight readout
  • Motorized weight selector for easy changing
CONS
  • Expensive
  • Tech can be unresponsive at times when asking to change weight
Dumbbell Size 16.5″ x 7.3″ x 7.3″
Weight Range per Dumbbell Up to 50 lbs

The most innovative dumbbells on the market, the iSelect’s rely on voice controls to change resistance. That means you can finish a set of bodyweight situps and yell to Alexa to switch to 25-pound dumbbells, then instantly grab your bells and start a set of curls.

Most Reliable: PowerBlock Pro Series

PowerBlock Pro Series

POWERBLOCK Pro 50 Adjustable Dumbbells

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PROS
  • Dependable weight-change mechanism
  • Expandable to 90 pounds so they can grow with you
  • Can change weight outside of docking station
CONS
  • Design isn’t super friendly to bicep exercises
Dumbbell Size 12.5” x 7” x 7.25”
Weight Range per Dumbbell Up to 50 lbs

An ultra-sturdy set of dumbbells that’s built for durability, making them perfect for heavy-duty moves like dead stop rows, Romanian deadlifts, and heavy presses.

Quickest-Changing: NÜOBELL Classic Adjustable Dumbbells

NÜOBELL Classic Adjustable Dumbbells

NÜOBELL 80 lb. Classic Adjustable Dumbbells

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PROS
  • Simple click-lock handle provides fast weight changing
  • Available in different colors
  • Minimalist design allows for easy storage
CONS
  • Expensive
Dumbbell Size 17″ x 7.5″ x 7.5”
Weight Range per Dumbbell Up to 80 lbs

NÜOBELL’s steel weight dumbbells adjust up to 80 pounds each and go up in 5-pound increments. They are super easy to adjust thanks to a click-lock handle that you rotate to choose your weight. The set also includes portable cradles for both adjustable dumbbells.

Best High-End Set: Bowflex SelectTech 1090 Set

Bowflex SelectTech 1090 Set

Bowflex SelectTech 1090 Dumbbells

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PROS
  • Commercial grade durability
  • Wide 10-90 lbs adjustable weight range
  • Efficient storage tray that helps save space
CONS
  • Bulky design limits how you use them for accessory movements
  • Expensive
Dumbbell Size 17.5″ x 9.5″ x 10″
Weight Range per Dumbbell Up to 90 lbs

These Bowflex adjustable dumbbells have weights that adjust from 10 to 90 pounds in 5-pound increments, which replaces up to 17 pairs of dumbbells. They’re also super easy to adjust; they have easy-to-use selection dials for adjusting weights that are smooth and user-friendly.

Amazon’s Choice: Yes4All Core Selectorized Dumbbell Set

Yes4All Core Selectorized Dumbbell Set

Yes4All Adjustable Dumbbells – 52.5 lb

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PROS
  • Under $100
  • Long lifespan
CONS
  • Need to unscrew lock when changing weight
Dumbbell Size ‎16″ x 1.15″ x 1.15″ (without any plates on)
Weight Range per Dumbbell Up to 52.5 lbs

Yes4All’s take on the adjustable dumbbell delivers up to 55 pounds of resistance and anti-rust plates that are built to last.

Best Lightweight Set: Ativafit Adjustable Dial Dumbbells

Ativafit Adjustable Dial Dumbbells

ATIVAFIT Adjustable Dumbbell Set

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PROS
  • Glide tech dial keeps weight safely secured
  • Can be easily stored under a bed
CONS
  • Plates can be difficult to take out
Dumbbell Size ~‎13.39″ x 7.87″ x 7″
Weight Range per Dumbbell Up to 27.5 lbs

If you’re in the market for some lighter weights, these Ativafit adjustable dumbbells top out at 27.5 pounds. With just a push and slide, you can easily change your weight setting in 2.5-pound increments.

Most Versatile: Stroops Bellitron Adjustable Dumbbells

Stroops Bellitron Adjustable Dumbbells

Stroops Bellitron

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PROS
  • Several multi-position grips
  • Can convert into a barbell
  • Safe spring collars hold weight in place
CONS
  • Have to purchase two 45 lbs dumbbells to make into 90 lbs barbell
Dumbbell Size 18″ × 11″ × 8″
Weight Range per Dumbbell Up to 50 lbs

You don’t just get an adjustable dumbbell with up to 45-pounds of resistance; buy a pair of Bellitrons, and you can combine them to form a mini-barbell with up to 90 pounds of resistance. Even better, the Bellitron’s multi-position grips allow you to easily do dumbbell swings and other explosive exercises, too.

Core Home Fitness Adjustable Dumbbell Set

Core Home Fitness Adjustable Dumbbell Set

Core Home Fitness Adjustable Dumbbell Set

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Dumbbell Size 14.5″ x 7.9″ x 7.5″
Weight Range per Dumbbell Up to 50 lbs

This adjustable dumbbell set from Core Home Fitness lets you change weights in 5-pound increments just by twisting a handle, and ranges from 5 to 50 pounds. They also come with a lightweight aluminum cradle for a compact design.

PowerBlock Elite EXP Adjustable Dumbbells

PowerBlock Elite EXP Adjustable Dumbbells

PowerBlock Elite EXP Adjustable Dumbbell

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Dumbbell Size 12″ x 6″ x 6″
Weight Range per Dumbbell Up to 50 lbs

These dumbbells from PowerBlock are welded from solid steel and have a powder-coated finish. This one set replaces 16 pairs of dumbbells for a total of 825 pounds of weight, and each dumbbell is expandable to 70 or 90 pounds per hand.

NordicTrack Select-A-Weight Dumbbell Set

NordicTrack Select-A-Weight Dumbbell Set

NordicTrack Select-a-Weight Adjustable Dumbbell Set

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Dumbbell Size 19.4″ x 11.4″ x8.5″
Weight Range per Dumbbell Up to 55 lbs

Each plate is 2.5 pounds and can be easily adjusted with the brand’s quick adjustment system and convenient storage trays.

 

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